What does the term “Historical Jesus” mean? Need we be scared of the Jesus of scholarship? How does the quest for the Historical Jesus differ from the Jesus Christ of faith or the man Jesus of Nazareth?
In this bonus episode co-produced by Mormon Matters and Feminist Mormon Housewives, Dan, Jared, Eric and Lindsay discuss the different ways we access Jesus, issues of faith, review historical sources and criteria, and touch on a few details about what we can know historically about Jesus, including the popular question of whether he was really a political insurrectionist.
If this podcast leaves you hungry for more, hopefully we will be able to record a follow up episode!
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Timeline Notes (Thanks to Brian Dillman for putting these together)
0:00 Introductory framing
2:42 Guest introductions and questions of the historical/biblical/faith Jesus
30:58 4 Quests for the Historical Jesus
40:57 Personal and Biblical versions of Jesus
51.57 Feminist Jesus
58:01 Sources: Pagan
1:06:12 Sources: Josephus
1:12:36 Names: Jesus, Christ, and Messiah
1:22:36 Sources: Paul
1:28:16 Sources: Gospels
1:37:43 Historical Criteria
1:47:48 Refutation of “Zealot”
2:00:30 Historical Birth
2:04:15 Final thoughts
Thanks to William Newman and James Estrada for the speedy post-production.
Thanks to Steven Nelson of Piano Guys for the bumper music.